Urban Decay NAKED Reloaded Palette Swatches and Review

press sample affiliate link Will this killer palette bring the same firepower as the original? Before I talk about the Urban Decay NAKED Reloaded palette ($44), I have to give you an idea of *exactly* how much I revered the original NAKED palette. Birthed in 2010, the Urban Decay NAKED palette quickly became a cult classic, and for good reason. It was unlike anything else on the market in terms of wearability, quality and price point with its beautifully curated selection of one dozen richly pigmented neutral shades in a velvet case. It also included a dual-ended brush and either a deluxe mini of

CoTZ Pure Botanicals & Minerals – Mineral Sunscreen Review

press sample affiliate link They don’t call it the Healthier Sunscreen for nothing… I have been blessed with the palest of pale skin. I am literally the fairest of them all. That means that I pretty much always wear sunscreen because my fair skin is also prone to sunburns, which means that skin cancer is a HUGE concern for me. Also a huge concern is the premature aging associated with sun damage. Sunscreen is a daily part of my life, even in my New England winters. On top of being pale, I

Splurge vs. Steal: Spring Fashion Trends

sponsored post Spring is here! And as you enter your closet to pack away your sweaters, tights and scarves; take a look at what remains. You may be ready for spring, but is your closet? (Gulp.) If the answer is no, have no fear. We’ve got three spring fashion trends that will fill the gaps tout de suite! And because we got your back; we’re giving you splurge vs. steal options for

Charlotte Tilbury Unisex Healthy Glow Swatches and Review

press sample affiliate link I’ll Be Your Glow for All Seasons… Charlotte Tilbury has been synonymous with healthy-looking, natural beauty for several years now. Bohemian rapture is how I describe it: full, pouty looks in nature-inspired shades. Their mascara is life, their eyeshadows are uplifting, and their lip colors are to die for. Now, for the first time, I’ve sampled Unisex Healthy Glow and I’m in heaven. (And

Who Wants Cake? (Answer: We ALL Want Cake!)

press sample affiliate link Pixi Beauty Review: Pixiglow Cake I’ve never said “no” to cake IN MY LIFE. So, it’s only fitting that I am saying a loud “YES!” to the new Pixi Beauty Pixiglow Cake. This enormous pan of light-diffusing blush is bringing me some serious joy, y’all. It’s one part blush, one part highlighter, one part contour color, and all parts gorgeous.

Roses; From the Vase to Your Face

press sample affiliate link Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist and Rose Moisture Plus Moisturising Lotion Review I’ve always thought of Australia’s Jurlique as the pioneer of natural skincare, but I had no idea that the company has been around for over 30 years! Unlike many brands who hawk “natural” products that are anything but, Jurlique is the real deal. Their powerful

Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray 12 Hour Wear Test

press sample affiliate link Urban Decay has been one of my favorite brands for a long time. As a teen I was obsessed with their cool packaging, ‘wild’ colors and edgy vibe. And today, UD continues to CRUSH IT when it comes to creating some of the best shades on the market. But what good is an amazing shade if it doesn’t last? So, we decided to put the classic Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray to the test ($32/4oz, $15/1 oz). UD calls it a weightless spray that keeps makeup looking “just-applied” for up to 16 hours. If you&#

Hourglass Cosmetics Veil Mineral Primer and Illusion Skin Tint Review

press sample affiliate link Hourglass Cosmetics’ Veil and Illusion does a magic act on skin I’ve never used anything by Hourglass Cosmetics that I didn’t love unconditionally. So, I squealed with happiness when I saw not one but TWO of their products in my mailbox to review for we heart this. Hourglass always gets it right, down to the tiniest details. Even the cardboard of their outer packaging has a warm glow. The actual product packaging is always well-designed and modern, the kind of cosmetics I’m proud to leave out on my vanity…and the products inside

Urban Decay Street Style Brow Collection

press sample affiliate link I saw the brow craze coming a long time ago… Back in 2013, my British niece came over from London for a visit. I took her to an LA industry makeup event, and as you do, you chat about beauty. I asked her what the current craze in British makeup was. Brows, she told me. “Brows, as in eyebrows?” I asked, thinking I had heard her wrong. (Because brows? How boring!) But I heard her right

Skincare Elixir from the Gods: Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic

press sample affiliate link Winter is always tough on my skin. But this year has been ridiculous! Between extra-cold temps and a weekly dose of Retin-A (which is almost more than my face can tolerate right now), my face has never been this parched and flaky. I actually felt embarrassed about how unsightly my skin had become. So when I saw that I was testing Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic ($29.00 250ml), I was a little concerned. I’ve heard people rave about Glow Tonic ever since it hit the shelves

It’s Time for Spring Fashion: up to 25% off at Shopbop

press sample affiliate link I know; it feels like spring isn’t coming anytime soon. I mean, it just snowed at my house in Joshua Tree, CA. We’re not talking flurries, we got 10 inches of snow. In. The. California. Desert. But we all just need to hang in there. Because spring IS coming. And what better to get us more in the mood for warmer weather than spring fashion? Perfect timing as well, because there’s a Shopbop sale going on right now! CLICK HERE for all the details (exclusions, etc.) But here’s a cheat sheet

Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate review

press sample affiliate link I’ve known for a while now that Vitamin C isn’t only good for staving off colds and scurvy. Pure Vitamin C is a big-time antioxidant with powerful skin protection. That same Vitamin C you take in a pill or in your OJ to protect your body

15 Healthiest Frozen Fruits and Vegetables: Get Leaner and Save Money, Too!

What if I told you that you could be more fit, boost your antioxidant intake, and save money — all at the same time? Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, I've put together a list of 15 frozen fruits and vegetables – yes, frozen – that will help you do just that!Especially during the winter months, fresh produce is limited – or expensive – in most of the country, which forces many of us to turn to either canned or frozen fruits and veggies. While canned vegetables tend to lose a lot of nutrients during

Get Ready to Glow! Let Pixi Skintreats Help…

press sample affiliate link For ten years, Pixi Skintreats has been the affordable skincare line for discerning beauty-obsessed beings on a budget. Beginning in London, the brand exploded worldwide due to their simple, natural products that work. Flawless and fuss-free is their mantra, and, unsurprisingly, it’s mine, too. As I ride out my 40’s, I find myself drowning in an ocean of overpriced products, all promising skin-saving miracles. Pixi is one of the few that threw me a live saver I can afford. The Skin Rescue Essentials that Pixi has lined up are to “restore, revive and reveal your radiance.” To do this, they give us Glow-O2 Oxygen

REN Evercalm Overnight Recovery Balm: Anger Management for Your Skin

press sample affiliate link Angry skin. I’ve got it. Many of us have it. The pros tend to call it “rosacea,” but I just call it “angry skin”. My skin can get angry at extreme cold or extreme heat. It can get angry at my third cup of coffee or my first glass of red wine. It gets slightly upset at habaneros, and mad at many a face wash. This general sensitivity is usually combated with good sense and good cosmetics. The first often escapes me, but I found REN goes a long way in helping me with the second. I first became enamored with REN after trying their Perfect

Pixi Sprinkles its Fairy Dust, and We Like It

press sample affiliate link Give us all the glitter… It was so hot on the East Coast this summer that even the sidewalks look like they’re shimmering. I think a heat wave is the perfect time to give my makeup a little glow, and Pixi is making this goal super

Holiday Shopping Hack: Here’s How to Get All Your Holiday Shopping Done at ONE Store

And, get it all at a discount at the Shopbop Sale! Who doesn’t love a holiday shopping hack? Think you can’t tackle all of your shopping list with just ONE purchase? Think again! Shopbop offers items that work for EVERYONE on your list. As if that wasn’t good

The Lipstick League – week of 10.1.18

Here’s what was up with The Lipstick League last week… Phyrra – I’ve switched up my skincare routine for Fall, have you? Check out my Fall Skincare Routine for Dry Skin! Prime Beauty – I love it when a beloved YouTuber has an opportunity to collaborate with a beloved brand! YouTuber Emily Noel collaborated with Makeup Revolution to create this travel-friendy Emily Edit The Needs Palette. Find out if YOU need it. we heart this – shimmer, glimmer, glitter…we’re talking all that twinkles in these new beauties from Pixi Beauty. Beautygeeks – has a tale of acetone and nail-polish fumes, pollen and dust and toxic-mold exposure, and Manigeek’s new No.1 fan. Blushing

Finally! Murad Offers a Way to Outsmart Acne…

press sample affiliate link Murad Acne Control Outsmart Acne Clarifying Treatment review I had hoped that by the time I passed 30, I wouldn’t still be struggling with acne. These days, at 32, it’s mostly under control–although stress and a bad habit of resting my chin on my hand can cause my acne

Best Fall Eco-Friendly Footwear Review for Outdoorsy Types

As the weather cools, we hope you will be hitting the hills… and the woods and beaches and savannas – you get the idea. Fall is a great time for outdoors activities because it’s cooler and (most importantly) there are no damn bugs! We have compiled a collection of great footwear that our Greenmoxie team recommends. Layna Chacos If, like me, you are not a fan of the hiking boot, then the Layna is for you! Hiking in these waterproof puppies is like having cherubs gently hug your feet. I am prone to blisters and most

How to Grow the BEST Garlic

Garlic is one of the easiest and most satisfying crops to plant. You can eat the long, curly scrapes that grow in the spring for some pretty funky and delicious side dishes. Frying garlic scrapes in butter is heavenly. Leave some to flower so that, while it takes energy from the bulb, you get the most delicate of flavors in that special dish. In late June or

Want to Dry Nails FAST? Go Old School

That and more in The Lipstick League, week of 8.27.18 Help a Blogger Out: Sheila from Painted Ladies says “I need a great fast drying top coat that’s budget friendly – help my nails out!” Well Sheila, it’s not quite a top coat, but I have never found anything to dry my nails faster than that good ol’ nail salon standard: DeMert Nail Enamel Dryer. I’ve tried all kinds of liquid

The Beauty Product I Wanted to Love, But Didn’t…

That and more in The Lipstick League, week of 9.3.18 Question of the Week: Name the last beauty product you REALLY wanted to love, but didn’t. Answer: Despite multiple recommendations by Hourglass makeup artists, and assurances that even my oily-skinned, primer-phobic self would love it; I do not love Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. I’ve read tons of reviews from people with oily skin who adore this product. But for me, all I feel is the silicone in it. So for me, it just didn’t work out. But that’s ok. Hourglass and I are hot and heavy on tons of other products; like every Ambient Lighting powder version EVER. Here’s what happened